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5 years ago
Specific Sets
Q: Where is…
…Tom & Jerry Golden Collection: Volume 2?

A: According to Jerry Beck on “Stu’s Show”, this mostly-chronological set has been completed, minus “Mouse Cleaning” and “Casanova Cat”. However, negative feedback from the exclusion of those two shorts led to it being indefinitely delayed. Given that no announcements relating to the set have been made since 2013, it can be safely assumed that the set has been cancelled. See “Why won’t Warner Bros. rerelease “Mouse Cleaning” and “Casanova Cat” on DVD or Blu-Ray in North America?” below for more on them.

Specific Cartoons
Q: Why won’t Warner Bros. rerelease “Mouse Cleaning” and “Casanova Cat” on DVD or Blu-Ray in North America?
A: For those who don’t know, these shorts contain two prominent scenes of blackface imagery. At the end of “Mouse Cleaning”, Tom is covered in a pile of coal. When he climbs out, he does a Stepin Fetchit impression before being pelted with coal. In “Casanova Cat”, in order to impress Toots, Tom blows smoke in Jerry’s face, resulting in blackface, then puts him under a hot plate to make him dance.

The exact specifics as to why Warner Bros. refuses to release these shorts aren’t known nor confirmed. The official reasoning is apparently that Warner Bros. found them too objectionable to be included. However, given that Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes shorts with similar racial gags have been released uncut, fans have considered this hypocrisy. Stephen Worth has alleged on the Home Theater Forum that there is a woman at the legal department forbidding the release of these two shorts. However, given that Worth is not an employee for WB, this should be taken with a grain of salt.

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